Monday, September 24, 2007

First Friday: Encaustic Romance

First Friday Art Opening!
October 5th, 6-9 PM
The Art of Your Life Studio
1210 SE Oak St.,Portland
Member: Central Eastside Arts District

The Art of Your Life will host an exciting show of encaustic pieces by eight members of the Portland Chapter of the International Encaustic Artists group. Come and see the many different ways this amazing medium can produce luminescent paintings, from abstract to representational paintings and mixed media pieces! Artists showing are: Serena Barton, Andrea Benson, Natasia Chan, Kimberly Kent, Inanna McGraw, Amy Stoner, Mazarine Treyz, and Linda Womack.

The above works are by: Serena Barton, Kimberly Kent, and Linda Womack.

Here's some information on what encaustic means:

The term encaustic comes from the Greek word “encaustikos” meaning to burn in. Greek artists were painting with encaustic as long ago as the 5th century BCE. While almost lost for a time, this ancient art has enjoyed a resurgence of popularity during the last 15 years. This renaissance is due to improved tools, available information on the process and most important, the lustrous appearance of the work.

Encaustic refers to the process of painting with molten wax (usually beeswax), resin, and pigments that are fused after application into a continuous layer and fixed to a support with heat. Because the wax cools in minutes, additional coats can be added almost immediately, yet the painting can be reworked at any time in the future. The surface can be made smooth or roughly textured and can be incised to show layers below the surface.

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